Warm and neutral shades of pink and peach in most variations is a great color for the LIGHT WARM neutral, but remember that there is a difference between hot pink and fuchsia. Fuchsia has a cold undertone, and this group will still look better in warm colors. Some cold shades of pink can work pretty well, as long as they're not too bold or dirty.
Light grey, is another great color for this particular type and one of the best alternatives to black as a base color. Darker shades of grey can look great too. The LIGHT WARM neutral may look their best in fresh colors, but a neutral look can be great too.
Light shades of beige, greige, nude, and grey, are all great basic colors for the LIGHT WARM neutral, and one of the best alternatives to black. Darker shades of grey can look good too. The LIGHT WARM may look their best in fresh, warm colors, but a neutral basic color can work just as well too.
Warm and medium red, tomato red, light coral, and other orange-red shades that are a little lightened, are the best shades of red for this sub-group. The LIGHT WARM neutral's ability to look good in so many LIGHT COOL colors as well, is a big part of why they can be so difficult to figure out. However, the color red can be a good tiebreaker. If this type of red looks orange on you, chances are that you might be a LIGHT COOL neutral instead. Also, a red with a blue undertone will not look as fresh on the LIGHT WARM neutral, as a warm red.
Light and bright apple green is an amazing color for this type. As most warm and fresh shades of green are on this type. Just make sure it's not too bright and saturated. It should be a clean color with a lot of white added to it, and definitely don't combine a bright color like this with black in too big areas. Small accessories work, but larger areas should stay to the lighter specter..
The LIGHT WARM kind of dark blue and navy color, is a colorful and fresh one. The LIGHT WARM neutral, looks particularly great in blue, and sky blue, aqua, turquoise blue, and periwinkle blue are some of the best matches. As long as it's fresh, light enough, and has the right level of saturation. Familiarize yourself with the shades of blue on the LIGHT WARM chart, and look for colors that look like that. LIGHT COOL shades of blue, can work too, but anything other than that, might be too much for this delicate group.
Light warm colors, such as light warm beige, light warm to neutral pink, and light peach, are good color options for a light and calm look.
Grey can also be a good darker color choice. If you like an edgy or goth look, find pieces in colors that work for you, as many dark colors can wash you out.
Coral, orange, and peach, makes a LIGHT WARM pop, the way few others can. If the orange is overwhelming you, it's too saturated and dark. Go for medium to light shades of orange, anything darker will overpower the LIGHT WARM neutral.
Any kind of gold color variation is a great look on the LIGHT WARM neutral, and it's the best metal for this group. Silver can look good too and is a close second. Bronze can sometimes work, as long as it's not a too dark version.
Tomato red is the darkest and deepest type of red a LIGHT WARM should use. This shade of tomato red (to the right), is not really that dark, so that says a lot. Dark colors are very difficult to handle for the LIGHT WARM. Fresh and warm, medium to light saturated colors, is what makes this group shine.
Sky blue and light aqua, are great shades of blue for the LIGHT WARM neutral. Blue can work really well for both the LIGHT WARM and the cusping group, LIGHT COOL, so it's considered a pretty safe color. Just take notice of the delicate nature of the colors a LIGHT WARM needs, and don't go with too wild or dark colors.
Pink can be a really great color on this type. The LIGHT WARM neutral, is just slightly leaning more towards WARM, and is actually borderline COOL. So, most of the LIGHT WARM and LIGHT COOL shades of pink will work, since it's such a great color on a LIGHT to begin with. Warm and neutral pink is best, but this type can handle some cold shades too.
Not too bold, but still saturated and fresh versions of olive, khaki, and moss green can also be a good look on this group. So, some earthy shades of green can work, but it's important to know the difference between where it turns into too dirty green and becomes too muddy. If it looks drab, you've gone too far. The LIGHT WARM neutral, is not an autumn type, and should not try to imitate the look. Combine earth-like tones with subtle colors too not overwhelm their light, warm, and neutral coloring.
Ivory and cream white, is an amazing color on the LIGHT WARM soft. It is a makeup free go too, as it brings out the warmth in the skin in a really radiant way. Combined with gold, it's the best alternative too "the little black dress", for fancy dress occasions. Or in this case, the safe black outfit, should be exchanged for the safe white look.
Golden yellow can also be a really lovely color on the LIGHT WARM. As any LIGHT WARM, also the neutral sub-group should look good in yellow. If this shade of yellow is bad on you, you might be a LIGHT COOL instead. A great way of combining colors for the less warm, neutral, is to mix LIGHT WARM colors with neutral basics, to not overwhelm their natural coloring.
Golden brown, camel, and beige, can be great basic colors instead of black and navy, which are too dark for the LIGHT WARM. Here too, you need to make sure you don't go too autumn. A lot of brown can easily look too earthy, if you mistake these colors for dirty ones instead of fresh. The neutral should try to stay away from an autumn look. Leaning towards the sister group, LIGHT COOL, would be much better.
Mint green and warm shades of blue, such as turquoise, sky blue, and aqua is always a great look for a LIGHT WARM. This is a makeup free go too, as it brings out the warmth in the skin in a really fresh way. Medium brown or grey can also be a good darker color choice. Just don't mistake this shade of brown for the Summer color, grey-brown.
Warm and neutral shades of pink and peach in most variations are great colors for the LIGHT WARM neutral, but remember that there is a difference between hot pink and fuchsia. Fuchsia has a cold undertone, and this group is still leaning slightly more towards the warm side. However, some cold shades of pink work really great on the LIGHT WARM neutral, but only LIGHT COOL types of pink. The LIGTH WARM neutral, is borderline LIGHT COOL, and can get away with some of those colors. Even a neutral type, borderline another, will still look better in it's own colors. The trick is that they can borrow sister-group colors without looking bad.
Light lemon yellow, is the best type of yellow for this particular type, seeing as the LIGHT WARM neutral is the coldest of the LIGHT WARM sub-groups. It's still a LIGHT WARM though, and will looks it's best when the colors they wear look like they've been bathed in sunshine. Combined with golden brown and beige, it will give this type a warm and fresh look.
Light pink, in most shades, is a great look on the LIGHT WARM neutral, as the coldest of the LIGHT WARM sub-groups. Just don't confuse these shades for dirty pink, which is too muddy for this fresh faced group.
The LIGHT WARM neutral's ability to look good in so many LIGHT COOL colors, is a big part of why they can be so difficult to figure out. The most dramatic cold colors will not work as well, and can be a good tiebreaker. Pink, blue, green and yellow will usually work well, from either chart.
The LIGHT WARM neutral, is leaning slightly more towards WARM, and can be described as borderline COOL. So naturally, light blue can be a really great color on them. Most of the LIGHT WARM and LIGHT COOL shades of blue will work, since light blue is such a go-to color on the LIGHT types to begin with. The more important thing to stay away from, are dark, deep and bold colors, as they are too much for such a delicate group. In the right shades, your face should look radiant.
The LIGHT WARM neutral, looks great in sky blue, aqua, turquoise blue, and periwinkle blue. Blue in general is a good look for this type as long as it's fresh, light enough, and has the right level of saturation. However, it's important not to confuse these colors with powder blue and royal blue, because those colors are too bold, cold, and/or dark. Dark and dirty colors that you don't see on the LIGHT WARM chart, can run a high risk of washing you out.
Fresh variations of green is a great look for the LIGHT WARM neutral. Kelly green, jade green, apple green, pear green, true green, mint green, and so on, are all good color choices. Just take notice of the level of saturation, as you want it to be fresh and medium to light saturated. If it starts to look like emerald green, it' s too saturated and bold. Also, make sure the all green look doesn't become too much like an autumn look. The LIGHT WARM neutral needs light and fresh colors.
Purple, periwinkle, medium purple, warm violet, and lilac, are all great colors on the LIGHT WARM neutral, as long as it's the right kind of purple. Don't go too deep and saturated. Purple is the complementary color of yellow, so it will really bring out the warm undertones of the LIGHT WARM soft. Purple is a good look on the cusping group, the LIGHT COOL too, so in the right shades, it is a very safe and striking look for the LIGHT WARM neutral.
Blueish green and greenish blue, such as turquoise, aqua, kelly green, jade green, true green, and so on, looks really fresh on the LIGHT WARM. The difference between a blueish green for a cold type and for a warm type, is that there has to be a warm and yellow undertone to the shade, to suit someone warm. It can also not be too dark or saturated.
Peach, watermelon and, apricot, makes a LIGHT WARM neutral, glow. Color blocking is best done with little contrast and a lot of fresh, light colors. Make sure the look doens't get too heavy or bold.
Silver, greige and a silver-gold mix can be a really great look on the LIGHT WARM neutral, as well. Gold will always be better, but since metals are neutral anyway, it's not that difficult to get away with for someone with neutral tendencies.
Last, but not least. Try to stay away from using red and black together for prints and patterns, or for color blocking. It's just too bold for this type. An all red look, or using white, grey or brown accessories, is a much better look for this delicate and light group. This rule applies to any highly saturated color, as a combination with black can cause a very strong contrast. Such a thing would be more of a CLEAR COOL/DEEP COOL thing, and not meant for any type with a naturally low contrast level.
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